YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The former president’s visit comes as the 2022 election heats up in the state of Arizona. The state's biggest races include the current secretary of state and attorney general, former journalists, and many others.
In Arizona's 4th Congressional District, Rep. Paul Gosar has held the seat since 2013. A newcomer, from the same party, is challenging Rep. Gosar. Brandon DeHart announced he will try to take the seat from Gosar.
Among the democrats, Delina DiSanto will try for the seat again. She ran for the same spot in the 2020 election.
Judy Stahl is also in the running. She was the democratic hopeful for a state house seat in 2020. Just this past week Yuma representative Charlene Fernandez endorsed Stahl.
With Gov. Doug Ducey termed out the office is up for grabs.
On the Democratic side, is the current Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who has battled Gov. Ducey on many different issues but they sided together over the results of the 2020 election. Aaron Lieberman, a state representative, and Marco Lopez also declaring their run for the state’s top position.
Over on the Republican side, Matt Salmon is running. Salmon was a member of the U.S. House and left office in early 2017. Kari lake is also on the list. She’s a longtime Phoenix news anchor who recently left the business last year. Steve Gaynor declared his candidacy. He lost to Katie Hobbs for the secretary of state spot in 2018.
Both the current State Treasurer Kimberly Yee and Karrin Taylor Robson, a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, were the first high-profile Republicans to enter the race.
The race for Arizona Attorney General will be on next year's ballot.
Andrew Gould was a judge of the Arizona Supreme Court and was appointed by Gov. Ducey. Gould was previously a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One.
Two women, Lacy Cooper, and Tiffany Shedd, also declared their candidacy.
Kris Mayes is running on the Democratic side. She’s a former journalist and studied political science at ASU.
The former president was joined by many of the GOP members listed above. The event in Phoenix was an opportunity to make their pitch to a crowd of Trump's loyal supporters.